Google Glass Has an Android-Powered Competitor That You Can Buy Right Now

By Jacob Lewis on at

If you like the look of Google Glass but are desperate to feel like Master Chief right now, then look no further than the MOD Live. This nifty heads-up-display features a control grip with D-pad and plenty of sensors; an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro, 3-axis magnetometer, and a temperature sensor.

Recon Instruments just announced their first third party apps along with a SDK. The app -- shown in the video above -- gives info about current weather conditions and lift availability for ski runs, GPS mapping, as well as social media integration, photo galleries, and up-to-the-second personal stats. Recon Instruments say that, because the MOD Live is Android based, developing for it should be a cinch.

Slash Gear reports that the company is giving away ten of these futuristic sight head enhancement machines, and is subsidising others to encourage developers to get involved. The MOD Live, priced at around £250 is a quarter of the price of Google Glass. Yes, you'd look like a right tool wearing a pair of ski goggles while walking down the street, but you've got to start somewhere right?

I'm dreaming of app for this with detailed off-piste terrain mapping, because I've come way too close to boarding clean off a cliff so many times it's a miracle I'm still here. [Recon Instruments via Slash Gear]